Just like the Whack-a-Mole, we refuse to stay down… On March 15 our educational blog, which we publish in the public interest, was subjected to two cyber attacks by art terrorists trying to impose a Chill & Kill freeze on our free speech rights, on an issue that is of concern to countless Canadians interested in protecting the integrity of Canada’s fine art and Aboriginal cultural heritage.
The Principal Art Terrorist was The Principal Conspiracy Theorist, AKA Mr. Smith, AKA the Principal Morrisseau Dealer, Donald Robinson.
He was supported in his attack by the Junior Conspiracy Theorist, Paul Robinson.
Within five (5) hours, their cyber attack was joined by the Principal Conspiracy Theorist Lawyer, Aaron Milrad.
The attack was two-pronged:
1 – CHILL & KILL the Voice – The trio – all decades long business associates – obviously acting in concert, less than five hours apart, made spurious charges to our server, about “privacy violations,” to try the get our service cut off and our site closed down.
“The Terms of Service have a clause titled: 10.05 Private Information and Images. Subscribers may not post or disclose any personal or private information about or images of children or any third party without the consent of said party (or a parent’s consent in the case of a minor).”
The Demands of the Art Terrorists –Claiming “privacy rights” these three leading Conspiracy Theorists demanded that their names be removed from all our public postings about their public business activities.
After 13 long years of associating themselves, and their names, prominently in the media with supposed Morrisseau fakes and forgeries, why would they now try to impose a CHILL & KILL attack on our public interest media site?
While investigating compliance with the Terms of Service of our server, we put our site “under construction” while we revamped the site to accommodate the privacy regulations as defined for us by the legal department of our server.
(These vary from server to server. Some, when challenged, run easily away from protecting free speech rights; others, like Google, are staunch defenders of Free Speech.)
While conferring with our server’s legal department we explained that the complainants seeking to shut down our site, were people who are all very public actors, and have over 13 years, purposely made themselves public personalities, by going to the media, or using their corporate blog, to spread propaganda to promote their cause of a Conspiracy Theory that helps bring a huge financial benefit to their business, their art collections and their relatives.
All the while devaluing the art collections of others by millions of dollars. We pointed out that our blog contained no private or personal information, nor do we even know, or have any interest in, anything private or personal about any of the complainants.
The legal department sent us their official definition of “private or personal” as it applies to their company’s Terms of Service.
“We define personal Identifying Information as providing a person’s First and Last name in conjunction with each other, a phone number, email address, physical address, Social Security Number, images of a person.” Therefore we modified our site to be in compliance with the Terms of Service and its official definition. The Conspiracy Theorists then shifted into Phase II of their cyber attack.
2 – CHILL & KILL BY MOUNTING KRG ADVERTISING ON OUR LINK – Having quickly gotten the server to shut us down, before we had a chance to respond, Kinsman Robinson Galleries then decided to petulantly “give us the finger,” and in a particularly mean-spirited assault, quickly bought a “sponsored link” for corporate advertising for their gallery on our temporarily disabled site.
While our site was down, to bring it into compliance, anyone from around the world who clicked our MorrisseauHoaxExposedBlog.com would see, instead, a prominent Kinsman Robinson Galleries advertisement re-directing visitors who came to our site – which was now temporarily disabled – instead to the Kinsman Robinson Galleries, the very people who had attacked our blog, and were in high gear to CHILL & KILL our public interest educational site.
When we reported our outrage at this diabolical KRG initiative, to the server, the customer relations people expressed that they too were utterly aghast at what their advertising department had, unknowingly, been a party to.
In a word: diabolical. Two words: unconscionable, and devious…
The server quickly dismounted the Kinsman Robinson Galleries advertising attack ad on our blog link. Actually, rather than clarifying anything, clicking the link for a KRG explanation of the Hoax, could lead anyone into a whole lot of trouble. Here’s why:
Left is the link you would end up with, on the KRG blog page, sporting – you won’t believe this! – a totally unreliable document posing as some kind of proof of anything! It demonstrates exactly what I’ve been saying, that there is no one at KRG who has academic credentials as a historian, as a document examiner, as a handwriting analysis expert, or as an investigative journalist. Or they would never post such a ludicrous document with its accompanying text. And which is also why they don’t seem to mind at all ordering people to change or falsify documents and photos. Even using basic common sense tells you this document could be doctored and manipulated in many different ways.
Even an amateur eye can tell that Norval Morrisseau – allowing he wrote that wobbly signature – DID NOT write the declaration at the top. Someone kindly did it for him – or should we say, for themselves…? And the bottom too. There is no proof of any kind that any of the writing was done simultaneously. It could have been done, literally years apart…
Unlike the writings on the back of hundreds of Morrisseau BDPs, which have been scientifically proven to have been signed, titled, and dated by the same hand, and that hand was Norval Morrisseau’s, with DNA certainty, and that no one else was involved with any of it. (See Glossary: BDP) We also know Bob Bateman sat down with a pile of his calendar art reproduction “prints” and signed hundreds at a time, one after the other. He didn’t know where his signed repros were going; he didn’t care. He just mindlessly signed away till he got a cramp, just because his distributor told him he wanted 500 signatures…
Bateman’s Cramped Hand – How many dozens, or scores, of these blank Delta hotel chits did someone plop in front of Norval and have him scrawl his signature, so they could later have the tops and bottoms added to suit the occasion, or the case they were trying to make…?
To me, as a professional historian, the document DOES NOT prove “Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are No Hoax,” but is an interesting historical curiosity, at best… And raises all kinds of questions, rather than, as KRG would have you believe, offering proof of anything. But we are flattered: it is the first time that KRG appropriates the word “Hoax” from our blog to try to address the serious Hoax problem for Canadian and international audiences. If this is the quality of document they offer as an explanation then their case is in far worse trouble than they know…
For starters: from whom did the original paper document come from and when? Which hotel did it come from and when? Who wrote the first line and when? Who wrote the signature and when? Who wrote the bottom line and when? How many more of these are spurious autograph chits are out there?
And finally: kindly paste this on whichever painting you want to dismiss at the moment…
In the accompanying text there are, in fact, many more dishonest allusions made by the writer, trying to bundle forgeries, with moral rights, and copyright violations, in another attempt to try to backdate the “forgery” allegations to 1993, when in fact there was absolutely no… none… zip… nada… talk of forgeries by anyone, anywhere. And there would be none for years afterwards…
Their Shame; Their Shame; Their Utter Shame – We very well understand why the trio of Principal Conspiracy Theorists would not want to have their names published alongside the documentary disclosures we have made, involving their published comments as noted on hundreds of pages of court transcripts, hundreds of paintings, hundreds of documents and affidavits, and hundreds of emails, letters, and media interviews. Frankly, I wouldn’t want my name associated or published, either, alongside the hugely compromising and incriminating evidence that is directly and indirectly connected to their names on sworn Affidavits, historical records, court documents, official court transcripts, media articles, radio and television interviews, and findings in scientific reports. I would be ashamed too. And want to hide from any and all publicity associated with past misdeeds as noted, in the media, on blogs, and in public documents and court transcripts, over many years by outraged leading Canadians in the fine art community. Also, being incontrovertibly tied to multiple acts of cultural genocide against Canadian First Nations art and artists cannot be a happy legacy for anyone to be remembered for by posterity. Hiding as much of the infamy, by engaging in CHILL & KILL against investigative journalists, would seem to be one way they have chosen to go. It was what Lance Armstrong tried to do, also, for a while, with the same kind of CHILL and KILL tactics in the media, and with SLAPP suits in the courts against decent other athletes who tried to come clean with their past misdeeds. Trying to destroy a lot of innocent people along the way is just part of the collateral damage that ruthless business operatives like Armstrong, Conrad Black, and the Conspiracy Theorists are willing to pile up while raking in the millions. Consider These Truths:
The McClintock SET UP – Richard McClintock, a Canadian art forger was arrested in 2010, after trying to sell only two (2) high-end forgeries by famous Quebec artists. The forgeries were instantly caught by an art dealer; the forger was instantly caught by police; the forger was instantly sentenced by the court.
THE KRG CLAIM – In 2001, Kinsman Robinson Galleries of Toronto, announced that there were “thousands of forgeries by umpteen forgers” out there.
CHILL and KILL Shame #1: In 13 years neither KRG nor the Principal Conspiracy Theorist Lawyer or any other Conspiracy Theorist has ever been able to take a single “forger” or “forgery” to court. Not even once. Though they claimed to have thousands – over four thousand said Donald Robinson – to pick from… They very well knew that any judge would have seen through their charges of forgery as merely a cheap, and shabby – and quite diabolical – business initiative, to attack their business competitors, purely for personal financial gain. And to control the market by convincing people that most of the paintings, sold by their competitors were fakes, and that the only way to be sure of getting authentic original Morrisseaus, was to buy them from Kinsman Robinson Galleries of Toronto.
CHILL and KILL Shame #2: After an RCMP investigation over two years that cost millions, not a single charge was laid against anyone, nor a forgery identified, or a forger found. The RCMP closed down the investigation. So much for the substance of what the Robinsons and Milrad were claiming. It gets worse; they really did start going to court, at last…
CHILL and KILL: Shoot the Messenger #3: The very first person the Principal Conspiracy Theorist took to court, in 2010, was – can you believe this? – in a despicable SLAPP suit, against a highly informed and extremely well researched blogger, Ugo Matulic, to try to shut him up from exposing their diabolical and unprincipled business activities.
CHILL and KILL: Shoot the Messenger #4: When our blog went up we received an instant Cease and Desist notification demanding that we shut down our blog.
CHILL and KILL: Shoot the Messenger #5: Principal Morrisseau Conspiracy Theorist cyber attack on our server.
CHILL and KILL: Shoot the Messenger #6: Junior Morrisseau Conspiracy Theorist cyber attack on our server.
CHILL and KILL: Shoot the Messenger #7: Principal Morrisseau Conspiracy Theorist Lawyer cyber attack on our server.
CHILL and KILL: Shoot the Messenger SUMMARY: For 13 long years, neither the Principal Morrisseau Dealer, nor the Principal Morrisseau Lawyer, took a single forger, or forgery, or retailer of supposed forgeries, to court. Not once. Everyone knows why; the whole thing was a Hoax from the beginning that could never hope to pass the smell test, certainly not in court. The Conspiracy Theorists knew what would work better than the courts – private threats and “enforcement.” Plus spreading propaganda through negligent, gullible, and compliant journalists and media outlets.
The Conspiracy Theorists already had launched behind the scenes private attacks on their art dealer competitors: – with their “enforcers” making visits to dealers and enforcing compliance, – engaging in private surveillance by “Mr. Smith,” – attacking art shows and demanding paintings be removed, – threatening phone calls, – malicious and defamatory website and blog postings against collectors and paintings, – forcing the cancellation of book launches, – enforcing the delisting of auction paintings, – launching physical attacks in the street and at the place of residence of a dealer who refused to comply with the Diktats of the Conspiracy Theorists. Now, when highly informed and well researched independent journalists investigate just what the hell is going on in Canada’s fine art Morrisseau market, the Conspiracy Theorists, now begin to viciously target these journalists, by ramping up their cyber stalking, and art terrorism to shut them up by trying to close down their servers, and launching SLAPP suits in court. What does this say about the claim that started all this, supposedly of “thousands of forgeries and umpteen forgers?” Jack Pollock, Norval’s most successful and longest art dealer wouldn’t have been surprised. Of long experience he wrote all about, “… what the art world is like: scheming, manipulative, and, quite often, downright fraudulent.” – Jack Pollock, Norval Morrisseau’s longest (1962-1981) & most successful (12 shows) dealer There is a further problem related to people who engage in Art Terrorism like this.
CHILL & KILL: DISTORT DOCUMENTS Shame #7
The trio is demanding that we alter historical documents to hide their names and obliterate their connection to past events as noted on many legal and sworn documents. This means they want us to join in an immoral and unethical cover-up of their past behaviour in past events as noted in published and unpublished historical documents. And they want us to obliterate their faces on photos that are already posted by themselves and others on other internet sites and in Google caches.
Comparing the make-over demanded by Donald Robinson, do you think he looks better in the first or the second picture? Or should he demand his money back? We ask, why try to hide the fact that he’s chummy with the Conspiracy Theorist “enforcer” who ran the second most vile blog in Canadian history, hurling every abuse at journalists investigating the so-called Morrisseau “forgeries?” Including indulging in racist rants against a new Canadian investigating the so-called Morrisseau “forgeries.” But then, those also appeared, briefly – but screen grabs confirm it happened – on the Principal Morrisseau Dealer blog site, before outraged viewers caused them to be deleted.
As a professional historian, I am totally aghast at anyone altering any historical documents, and photos, or at people demanding others do it for them, just to try to hide their participation in historic and public events.
There is no telling, where a diabolical practice like that, once begun, can lead… It is unconscionable to me that a trio of self-serving businessmen – including a lawyer no less – is completely at ease with demanding that we alter documents to suit their private agendas. I fully understand that they want to hide from being incriminated in countless affidavits and allegations made by many people under oath. This is tantamount to falsifying documents. Removing text, or removing a face, falsifies the original integrity of a document or picture. Whether done rightly or wrongly, the altered document is no longer a reflection of the original truth it once represented. A historical document is therefore transformed into a propaganda document and now no longer reflects an original truth, but a new altered reality. At a minimum it is a furtive attempt to hide something… Usually something unseemly. A new reality that the document and picture manipulators are more happy to promote, as their version of the truth… Government officials and politicians do this all the time, to hide crooked, behind the scenes dealings with party bagmen, and corporate con men, to whom they are financially beholden.
The Implication It is why politicians – and lawyers, who direct them in this unethical direction – fight each other for the bottom spot of every trust or respect index ever published in every single public opinion poll ever taken.
Being at ease with trying to enforce the falsifying of documents has grave implications also, in the case of art sold by the Conspiracy Theorist businessmen, where it raises equally disturbing questions, not only about the morality and ethics of the people selling the art, but of the very integrity of their art itself. With this cyber attack they are compelling people to alter documents, alter names, and change photos, and are sending clear signals that they are completely all right with doing that. And anything similar if that’s what it takes to achieve their bottom line.
Which raises numerous disturbing questions. How can anyone in future: – possibly trust that when they say paintings in their gallery are indeed by Norval Morrisseau, that they are not by some other contract painter: say Karl Burrows, or Gabe Vadas, Bryant Ross, or… who knows? – possibly trust any appraisal that their gallery issues? – possibly trust any Certificate of Authenticity their gallery issues? – possibly trust any call their gallery makes certifying a painting as authentic? – possibly trust any call their gallery makes certifying a painting as a “forgery?” – possibly trust their credibility on any level as a trustworthy Morrisseau authenticator? – possibly believe their gallery label has any value, other than noting the name of a gallery whose principals are perfectly willing to falsify documents, pictures, and records when it suits their purpose, or order others to do it?
It’s easy to see with businessmen demonstrating that they are completely comfortable with cyber terrorism, and using this kind of unethical behavior in pursuit of a CHILL and KILL agenda, that they have irreparably damaged the public’s belief that they are an honest broker in the Canadian fine art market. That they have totally debased the coinage of their KRG brand.
It can only upset outside observers so much they may very well consider launching a class action suit to recover damage done to the value of their paintings. It can also upset former clients of the gallery to form their own class action suit as they no longer trust that the paintings they bought on good faith, from Morrisseau’s “Wheelchair Invalid Painting Period,” are indeed genuine…
If the principals of the company are so passionate in CHILL & KILL initiatives against journalists, just what the hell are they hiding?
Terrorizing Norval that “Dumb” Indian
If they are quite at ease with forcing people to falsify documents and photos, how much did they force the “wheelchair invalid” to sign those “Affidavits of Forgery” for them? For some twelve years, Norval was a total wheelchair invalid and dreaded hugely being abandoned and just thrown onto the street. Norval knew he was penniless – as he told John Geddes, of Macleans Magazine, in 2003 – and was as helpless, and vulnerable as any virtual quadriplegic is, to outside pressures to comply with the Diktats of his so-called “care-givers.” He told Geddes he wished he had a few dollars so he could buy some paint and canvas… Morrisseau apparently died with no assets, no bank account, no house, no paintings. Obviously he must have been a man ripe for manipulation, just to survive…
One certainly wonders what kind of “protection” and “care” Norval Morrisseau got from the three white people who were supposed to protect his personal and business interests – Gabe Vadas who held Norval’s Power of Attorney, Aaron Milrad, Norval’s longtime lawyer, and Donald Robinson, the Principal Morrisseau Dealer, who was in charge of all sales of Norval’s paintings? When Norval died penniless… Or so he was led to believe…
DID YOU KNOW? – NORVAL OBVIOUSLY DID NOT! – that at the time Norval was complaining about living on the edge of poverty to Geddes, that his white business partners – Vadas and Robinson – had a secret stash of 384 of his paintings, worth some $20,000,000 to $40,000,000 (twenty to forty million dollars) hidden away – from Norval, from his family and their lawyers – in the basement of Toronto’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries?
And they would be there, for seven years, waiting for the “Inconvenient Indian” to die, until long after his death, according to terms of a secret deal between Vadas and Robinson.
How much of this secret movement of Norval’s millions was his lawyer, Milrad, aware of, and a party to?
Whose fiduciary duty was he watching out for, during all this furtive movement of the Indian’s wealth from one white businessman to another?
While Norval died without a nickel to his name and nothing… zip… nada… to leave to his children… This shocker slipped out inadvertently when a distracted Robinson was giving passionate court testimony on an unrelated matter. (Coming Soon: in the Hatfield v Child Case.)
To what degree, was Norval, fearing dire poverty and possible abandonment, forced to sign affidavits of forgery, against his better judgment, on paintings he very well knew were genuine works he had painted? What is incontrovertible is that Norval was suffering from Parkinson’s since the early 1990s.
A common accompanying condition, in from 30% to 68% of all Parkinson’s patients, is Dementia.
Ritchie Says – There is, in fact, lots of testimonial evidence that Norval was a victim of gross mental lapses going back to the mid-90s.
According to Ritchie Sinclair, Norval published at least five forgeries in his book “Travels to the House of Invention” in 1997. It seems Norval just didn’t have good recall of what he’d done even then. And the book’s editor you may ask? Well this was three years before the Principal Morrisseau Dealer would bid ninety (90) different times, all on paintings he later said were all fakes, so he obviously couldn’t tell a fake from a real painting either.
Wolf Says – And certainly Norval told Wolf, his brother and one-time business manager, in 2001, that he couldn’t remember which of his past works he had painted. At that time, Wolf testified, Norval was only lucid for a few minutes at a time, before he drifted off…
Everybody Says – All clear signs of Dementia. And hardly surprising, because by 2000, Norval Morrisseau had the most wasted body (and mind) of any leading Canadian personality. Bar none…
Photo-Ops – He was little more than meat on a wheelbarrow that his “care givers” trundled from photo-op to photo-op to help promote sales of his paintings.
Elder Abuse – This is elder abuse of the highest order. What defences could Norval possibly have put up to prevent the exploitation of his name, his signature, his reputation, his very body…?
Helpless – His utter mental and physical incapacity and helplessness, is why, in this entire ten-year period, there are no television or radio interviews of any kind, with Norval, anywhere. And that includes in the entire CBC one-hour show “Life and Times of Norval Morrisseau,” shot in 2004, when the producer couldn’t get him to utter even one word for the program. His white business managers did all the talking for him…
Because Norval had clearly “left the building,” a long, long time before…
(We’ll set aside Donald Robinson’s self-promotional bluster to the National Post’s Murray Whyte in 2001, that it was “preposterous” for the journalist to even suggest that Norval might not remember every one of his 10,000 paintings he had painted over a 50 year career.)
This would certainly go a long way to explain the countless mistakes, and contradictions, and utterly false calls that are legion in the Affidavits of Forgery – all sent to Kinsman Robinson Galleries’ major business competitors – on which Norval’s signature appears, and which I consider the most unreliable documents I’ve ever encountered in 46 years as a practicing professional historian.
Ask yourself. Would Conspiracy Theorists really be comfortable with making Norval do something so unethical, just to make money? You know, get Norval to sign documents, they all knew, or should have known, were completely inaccurate, and in fact, often false… Which brings us back to the current threats from the same people, forcing us to falsify documents to accommodate their bottom line… What goes around, seems to come around…